If you try to get under the skin of Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, chances are you’re going to fail. On the field, he and his Panthers have lost six in a row. After a stellar 6-2 start to the season, they’ve lost six in a row to fall to 6-8. Additionally, their season is over. Their playoff hopes are no more. Plus they’ve made the choice to rest Cam Newton for the remainder of the season.
But off the field has been a different story for Reid. After his 11th game with the Panthers this past Monday night, he received his seventh “random” drug test.
Number 7… ”Random” pic.twitter.com/6HkxXCZhQP
— Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) December 18, 2018
Needless to say, he doesn’t believe these tests are so random after all. And we cannot blame him.
“I perceive that the league is full of you-fill-in-the-blanks,” he told ESPN’s David Newton on Thursday. “I wish I could see y’alls faces if what I know becomes public from this lawsuit.”
Remember, this is a 27-year-old Pro Bowl safety we’re talking about here. A team, the Panthers in this case, didn’t sign him until Week 4 of the regular season.. And that only happened after numerous injuries to their team. Reid, like Colin Kaepernick, kneels during the national anthem. So this is something that he feels is at play when it comes to all of these “random” tests.
But if you think they’re going to trip him up eventually, think again.
“I’m not concerned I’m going to fail a drug test,” Reid adds. “I’ve never failed a drug test in my life. It’s not like I’m worried about it. But it’s duly noted that it’s happened. It’s (like) stop-and-frisk. If I’m walking down the street, I know I’m not doing anything illegal, but that doesn’t mean I should be stopped every time I go outside. … I know what I’m going up against. … This is some of the least shocking things that I’m aware of in this collusion case. So my teammates are more shocked about it than I am.”
For what it’s worth, the NFLPA is reportedly investigating this.
And if you ask head coach Ron Rivera for his thoughts, you’ll get a very simple reply.
“I guess there was something about some mathematician saying it’s highly improbable, but definitely possible,” Rivera told reporters. “But I’ll say this: if my name came up that many times, I’d buy a lottery ticket.”
So would we. Probably.
In the meantime, the Panthers are preparing to face the Atlanta Falcons this weekend. After that, they’ll close out the season in New Orleans against the Saints.
Across 11 games for the Panthers, Reid has one interception and four pass defenses from the safety position. Do you believe the NFL is targeting him?